Perseid meteor shower expected to peak over weekend

Perseid meteor shower expected to peak over weekend

Perseid meteor shower expected to peak over weekend

The shower occurs between July 17 and August 20 each year. While this year's display of night sky fireworks may be slightly obscured by a particularly bright moon, star gazers can still expect to see dozens of stars streaking across our skies.

However, the Perseid meteor shower might be a little hard to see because of the presence of the moon, which is three-quarters full.

The month of August is huge for many people who like to look up at the sky because a meteor shower is on full display.

Butler, Pa - Meteor showers happen yearly, but only 1 meteor shower is the brightest.

Thousands took to social media to share their pictures of the the shooting stars and their thoughts about the occasion as the meteors fell over the United Kingdom earlier today. They are little pieces of cosmic dust and debris that are left behind by the Comet Swift-Tuttle.

The celestial event will be most visible in the pre-dawn hours.

"For the next few days you could expect to see some - but decreasing numbers". They are named after the constellation Perseus because the direction the shower seems to come from lies in the same direction.

Many scientists regard this as one of the most exciting astronomical occurrences of the year as around 80 meteors fall per hour. "The moonlight can create a haze and reduce the number of shooting stars you see". Peak viewing will be Saturday night through early Sunday morning.

"The Perseids can be very bright and often quite spectacular".

The Swift-Tuttle comet orbits the sun every 135 years but at nearly 90 degrees to the orbit of the Earth.

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